Odessa, February 23, 2015 – Andrei Galak, Head of Civil Protection GES in the Odessa region.
Roman Drach, group chief of pyrotechnic works, GES in the Odessa region, Maya Grinko, head of the press service, GES in the Odessa region, told at a briefing on how to properly identify dangerous objects, and how to behave in such situation.
Maya Grinko said that from the beginning of the year, the GES team went on calls about 700 times. 400 of them were trips to fires, 300 visits – the elimination of explosive devices and assistance to citizens.
73 visits were defusing dangerous items that were left or dumped. 5 trips were for real explosions. In 3 cases, the bombs were defused.
To inform Ukrainians how to behave in case of detection of dangerous subjects, GES, together with the regional authorities have created a visual agitation and videos to social advertising, which is broadcast on local TV channels.
Now operates in high alert mode, which involves active public awareness about emergency procedures, and coordination of rescue services and law enforcement agencies.
Roman Drach said that his department engaged in the destruction of explosive objects. It has three offices – two engaged in a land mine, one – underwater. Its employees are looking for explosives in the sea, lakes and other water bodies, and then neutralize them.
Last year a group of pyrotechnic works completed 200 applications and neutralize about fifteen hundred explosive devices.
This year, 17 applications have already been performed, rescuers cleared 600 dangerous items. The average annual runs up to 60 applications for underwater mine. Basically it is the water area of the port of Odessa.
In Tarutino – it was 550 shells of the Second World War. In Beryozovka – halftone aerial bomb was defused. It has a very large radius of destruction, forced the evacuation of the population within a radius of 1.5 kilometers.
The specialist said that in case of detection of suspicious items that could be explosive, cannot touch them, to roll, the more thrown into the fire, water or disassemble.
It is necessary to take refuge at a safe distance, preferably under the wall and ask other people to avoid a dangerous place.
Maya Grinko added that last year there was a joint project of the OSCE and GES in the Odessa region, for underwater mine. Together has been cleared of mines bomb weighing 50 kg in Kominternovo district. After that, for Ukrainian side has been transferred equipment for deep clearance (up to 70 m depth).
Specialist thanked the citizens of Odessa, which alert to suspicious objects and report about them to the rescuers. Given the situation in the country, and the threat of terrorist acts, rescuers recommend to avoid any crowds. Better not accumulate in the groups and not to go to public events. It is especially important not to bring children in crowded places.
The second rule – be very careful, to pay attention to suspicious cars, people, objects.
Safety rules are written in blood. Material costs are not equal to the life and health of people. Therefore, the Emergencies Ministry specialists go to any challenges.
Andrei Galak said that from February 2 started checking protective structures in the Odessa region. There is order of the head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Igor Palitsa on bringing into operation of protective structures. 18 of them are in the municipal property, have already been prepared. There is a tendency to increase the readiness of protective structures. Now there is a preparation of protective structures in the Yuzhne.
Total in the region there are 1027 units of defense equipment. Half of them are in the communal property, the other in public and private. Particular attention is given to ports and other strategic objects.
Any underground facilities can be a shelter from shelling. Now is collecting information about such facilities, where they are located and how much is available. From available shelters, collected garbage, they are painted, getting better ventilation. Shelters, according to the rules, should be given in a state of readiness for 12 hours. If necessary, to the shelters people should take food and hygiene items for two days.
In Odessa there are 365 protective structures, of which in the municipal property are 88, and the rest in the public or private.
Checking shelters run by the end of March. Put them in order should owners.